By JERRY DURGAN
BAMBERG — Bamberg County Council has approved a list of capital projects it hopes to fund through the proposed penny sales tax that residents are scheduled to vote on in a referendum in the Nov. 6 general election.
The council, during a special called meeting on July 26, approved the list of projects that will be placed on the ballot in November.
The special meeting was called to reconsider votes taken by the council in a previous meeting about which the public had not been given 24-hour notice as required by state law.
The proposed one-cent sales tax would fund $4.4 million in projects, ranging from $3.5 million to repair the Bamberg County Courthouse to $6,200 for a park shed in Olar.
The sales tax is expected to raise $950,000 the first year after payment of associated startup costs, and about $1.1 million every subsequent year. The money will be used for capital needs, not operational costs.
Also during the special called meeting, council referred to its finance committee proposed health benefits coverage for county employees who have a minimum of 30 years employment.
In addition, council discussed and approved a proposed amendment to the county’s existing road maintenance ordinance that would allow for maintenance of new roads built in the future.
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